What knitting needles do you use? Are you a fan of one single brand and won’t touch another, or do you use a variety and brand isn’t really important?
I started out with KnitPicks Harmony Interchangeables. They were a GREAT set for a beginning knitter. They had the perfect amount of “grab” so that I didn’t constantly lose my stitches. As I improved and got faster, however, the amount of grabbiness actually started to hold me back.
A lot of good things were said about Addi Lace. I purchased several. They are great needles, very sturdy. I always felt like I was going to snap my Harmony needles in half. After a while though, the cable on the Addi circulars began to irritate me, it didn’t have enough give. Then there was the fact that I was constantly poking holes in the tips of my fingers. Between that and the callouses from having to constantly test my sugar (GD with both babies), my index finger will never be the same.
Somewhere around that time, I purchased a size 4 SQUARE knitting needle. It felt pretty good to work with, but that cable had too much give and was twisting all over the place! I couldn’t win! Rumor has it that they have re-worked their needles some. Very curious about that.
My LYS had started carrying Hiya Hiya Interchangeable Sets. Everyone was raving. I bought a set of the small sizes (2-8). These needles…the cables swiveled! What joy, what bliss! So I sold my Harmony Interchangeables and am putting some of that money directly towards more size 2 tips. What me? Sock knitting addict? Never.
What actually prompted this post was some comments on Ravelry about Signature Needle Arts and their new size 1 needles. Someone mentioned the price, so I had to go look for myself. Yup, circulars are $42 and straights are $34. I am FASCINATED by this. Truly. I don’t discount what must go into a product to warrant that price, I would just love to know what the experience is like. Unfortunately, I simply cannot justify buying even one pair of needles to find out and will have to live vicariously through some of you.
So have any of you, my dear readers, used these needles? Please tell me what you think, and how they compare to other needles, especially any of the ones I mentioned above.